AR & VR Segments at GITEX 2017 with Urbansoft

 

If you are still pondering on the areas on AR and VR, it’s time to stop thinking and get into action with GITEX 2017’s showcase on AR & VR. Yes, from areas of applications in gaming, to travel, healthcare, deep space innovation, and projects, VR and AR have taken over the driver’s seat. If you’d like to know how you could drop in and pay a visit at GITEX 2017 this October at Dubai.

So what’s in store for you!?

On the 9th of October 2017, get in shape both mentally and physically, by advancing in information related to AR and VR in the fields of healthcare innovation. To support us with prized information and perceptions on the same, we have Christopher Queen, reputed local veterinary surgeon from Umm Sequim Veterinary Centre.

On the 12th of October, we have a thought-provoking talk on “Why VR? Revealing the 8 key reasons to adopt VR in education!” which is expected to be dished out for all industry and tech enthusiasts. You could expect to be at the edge of your seat, with the speaker leading the talk being, the Head of Digital Learning and Innovation of JESS; and founder of the award-winning iPad Educators website.

The 12th of October is expected to be in a technological bloom with Shahid Azim, serial entrepreneur for prominent healthcare startups who is expected to lead the segment. Shahid Azim is well known for his conceptualization of breakthrough ideas all the way through to actualization. The segment will feature a talk on the value of AR and VR or ‘show over tell’ within education.

Besides being a part of this segment, GITEX 2017 also offers an opportunity to meet some of the leaders in Information Technology consulting such as Urbansoft from the Kingdom of Bahrain. Urbansoft is an IT specialists dealing with Product, Mobile Application, and Website Design and Development. Urbansoft takes ideas to a whole new level helping clients achieve the unthinkable in areas of company credibility, branding, and increase revenue generation through the use of strategically designed, and custom-tailored applications.

Hope we get to see you there!!

 

 

 

How to Position your Brand in a Competitive Market?

Brand positioning is the spine of every successful product. Your brand happiness lies on how it’s presented in the eyes of your target customers. Just a few changes on your brand strategy can help you reach the topmost position in the world market. However, this isn’t magic.

Proper positioning your brand can create and build brand value, and enhance the likelihood of transforming your prospects into long-lasting customers.  Today, we will be explaining 5 vital means to position your brand in a competitive market world.

What exactly is Brand Positioning?

For a common understanding, brand positioning simply means the technique applied to make your existing brand conquer a distinctive position in the minds of your target customers.

  1. Be Focused & Committed: Since today’s market is very competitive, you will come across many obstacles on your way while you position your product. Don’t lose focus. Concentrate on the outcome and not the challenges. Running a plan on commitment will help you to handle the ups and downs you face in the market, and help you coordinate properly. Don’t give-in until your brand becomes the boom of the market.
  2. Lay a Solid Foundation: This is the first step you need to put into action.  Search the market for an existing gap that requires to be filled.  Then create an effective marketing strategy that makes you noticeable in the market. Apply and measure the effectiveness of the developed strategy.   Don’t forget to keep the attention of your customers on the core product and its features. Your strategy must focus on what your target audience really demands as it is of primary importance.
  3. Communicate with the People: Communication is the easiest way to get the information you really need to explore the market. You can meet up with potential customers for information of what they expect. Listen and observe them carefully. Or, try to get in touch with experts who can share outstanding ideas in branding. Ask them for ways to help position your brand in both related and unrelated categories. This will help you position your brand in the way your target audience wants it to.
  4. Scrutinize Collected Info: After collecting info, list them out in a sheet. Then analyze and select useful authentic information and incorporate them into your strategy for positioning. You may require a brand professional to assist you in making the best selection of the information gathered.
  5. Get Familiar with the Target Market: How well do you know your market, your target audience, and your competitors? In-depth knowledge is essential to identify an existing price, and value proposition to win the market. You can seek a marketer’s assistance, who knows the ins and outs of the market to provide you with the best tips.  Based on your competitor’s pricing, enter the market with a lower price. This can help make a unique difference.

Your brand position is the most important investment your business depends on, to get an edge over the market. Hence, look for opportunities that help make hay while the sun shines!

How to Achieve Success Using Social Media Promotions?

Considering the significance of social media, many organizations now employ this platform for promoting their brand online. There are still a few firms who have adopted the same, but have failed despite the amount of money invested, efforts put in, and time. Today, we are going to look at 6 easy ways to increase the impact and results achieved through an advertising promotion.

1. Fish-Out Your Target Consumers: Fish-out those interested in your brand before hitting the market. Why? Do this, and you’ll be able to identify the exact interest of your audience. Start by putting yourself in your prospect’s shoes.

Consider This: When you to make up your mind to purchase a certain brand, there are definitely a few things that might get your attention and influence you. Try the same on your target audience. Use a guided strategy that helps your brand influence their buying decision.

2. Use an Attractive Ad Theme: Your advertising theme is a leading part of your promotion. It’s a message that promotes brand awareness. When your marketing theme is awesome, it forms a central idea to activate your customer’s desires to your favor. Therefore, you need to identify a compelling theme for your marketing brand promotion.

3. Make it Simple: Simplicity is the key irrespective of how effective and valuable your marketing promotion is. If you present your branding style in the way that a layman can understand, you will be able to achieve more sales. So, ensure that you make it easy and simple for people to see the need to engage.

4. Incorporate Rewards in a Promotion: A reward is a vigorous context of a marketing technique through which you can out-smart your competitors. With a valuable reward along with valuable content on your social media page, you can be sure that your brand will win.

5. Provide a Unique Design: When you have an effective brand strategy, it gives you an edge over your competitors, helping you increase your chances of building and maintaining strong products or services in the market. Your graphic designs and your photography must indicate its worthiness. It should be catchy to the eyes and impact the hearts and minds of your audience. Always endeavor to keep your design appealing, simple and easy; helping promote a passionate bond with your customers.

6. Take Advantage of Seasons: Instead of promoting your brand at your convenient time, why not find out the most seasonal periods that your audience wait for to make a purchase. Most customers actually save money and wait for particular seasons to get the best offers. You need to take advantage of those periods to explore the market and identify loopholes that help build both your business and your customer’s loyalty. Pay more attention to social media platforms during these periods, because that’s where most customer’s hopes lie.

Social media campaigns are like a game of chess. When played well you end up with positive outcomes.  Therefore, play well to gain well.

Taking the Step to Becoming a Mobile App Developer

We all know that the application industry is doing not just well but exceptionally well. We see that Apple and Google have reached more than 700,000 mobile apps each and have turned a revenue of $46 billion in 2016 — up nearly $40 billion from 2011. Since of late many have started focusing on mobile application development and have even have started taking it serious in making it their career. Mobile app developers who have the right set of skills can make it in this multi billion-dollar industry. Though many are confused on a way to get it done, there is one reassurance that it can happen in more than one way.

Let’s take a look at the few but good ways to becoming a Mobile App Developer:

  1. ) Start by choosing a platform
  2. ) Get to understand the Language and Software
  3. ) Write Programs using
  • Java
  • C++
  • SQL
  • Objective c
  • C#
  • JavaScript
  • Swift

4.) Find and Create a Career:

The thing about mobile app development is that companies that you apply for develop applications for more than one platform. The more you learn, the better your choices.

Platforms Languages Environment  

Devices

 

iOS Swift, Objective C Xcode iPhone, iPod, iPad
Android Java C++ Eclipse Multiple Vendors
Symbian C++ Multiple Choices Multiple Vendors
RIM Java Eclipse Blackberry
Windows Phone C++ Visual Studio Multiple Vendors

 

5.) The industry is expected to grow 32% more within 2020, and most popular platforms are expected to be iOS and Android

6.) 2020 will see 300,00 new openings for application developers

7.) Android has shot over iOS showing a growth of 110% in comparison to iOS which is only 54%

8.) A fact that Android developers are faster placed than iOS developers with a stats of 165% for Android and 54% for iOS will give you the right shove in the right direction.

9.) Skills Expected of a Mobile App Developer:

  • Designing a UI (Create a Design for people on the go)
  • Capability in performing general computing skills (Security, database management, hardware interaction and more)
  • Design to be visible (Prepare to make your app visible amongst the first 100 of a category)
  • Achieve specific programing skills: Classic Programing languages, Cross- Platform Suites, and Web Development Languages

10.) Become a Developer:

  • Take classes on programs you decide to learn and continue to keep yourself updated using tutorials.
  • Create an app yourself and make sure you present it in a developer program

Lay your plans out and prepare to hit the industry in the most professional way. Good luck to you.

 

Email Marketing in today’s World

We live in an ever competitive world where every step you make in your professional life could make or break your company. Of the many marketing techniques that has lost favor in the eyes of the digital world today, Email marketing still continues to make a difference. There are several reasons why it does seem to continue to re-surface in spite of many upcoming trends of marketing. Here are a few stats that show you why email marketing could be one of the best choices in your marketing strategy.

1) Of all devices used, nearly 80.8% of your target audience reaches to their mobiles to read.
2) Off the many days to choose to focus on email marketing, the best would be the weekend which has more than 11% CTR.
3) CTR does seem to be more effective when you choose to use the recipient company’s name in the subject title.
4) Nearly 60% of B2B marketers are convinced that email marketing is the way to get the word out.
5) Though it may seem ironic, but no other two words such as ‘Click Here’ has been more compulsive call-to-action, when compared to “Go” and “Submit”
6) Majority (65%) of readers prefer to see images in their email marketing mails when compared to texts (35%).
7) 45% of marketers schedule time and resources to focus on email marketing.
8) If you look to see the most clicks on emails that you send. Use words like POSTS or JOBS in the subject line.

With these few ideas on the mind when you try to go forward for an email campaign run, you can bet that you can achieve the most of it. Good luck and hope these stats make a difference in your email marketing strategy. Share your ideas on the same in the comments below.

How to Deliver your Brand Strategy Effectively?

A branding strategy could sometimes go wrong. HOW!!? Let’s look at a few situations. One could be that your team lost track of your planned strategy, a result of incompetence on their part, or a result of being unclear about the strategy. Whatever the case may be, the results could be devastating; don’t you think? Even if you haven’t encountered such a situation before, you need to be aware of the same in order to prevent similar incidences from happening.

How to Deliver your Brand Strategy Effectively?:

1. Adopt a Flexible Approach: Being flexible in creating a branding strategy is the key to achieving success. Your inability to make an adjustment when needed could completely affect the client’s view on you as a firm. Always consider the fact that there will be changes made during the process of plan execution, as client inputs are important at all times during the process.

2. Deliver a Clear Strategy: The one setting the strategy may be highly proficient on the same. But the one implementing the strategy may not be. A detailed explanation of the approach is recommended to enable easy application. Don’t assume that all teammates will have the same level of understanding. Make the technique simple and clear and in a way that a layman could understand.

3. Be in Line with the Strategic Market: If you want your brand strategy to meet the market’s demand, you need to design a strategy in alignment with the current market drifts. In other words, your employees must understand the uniqueness of the strategic content in relation to that of your competitors. Try exposing your team to market facts. This will enable them to develop insights on the market and also develop new ideas during the process.

4. Use Recurrent Framework: Learning and putting them into action suitably can be challenging at times. We advise you to use a repeated framework training strategy, which could be followed to educate your team on an annual basis. By performing repeated clarifications of the business’s strategic decisions, re-considering plans for implementation, followed by proper execution; results in effective outcomes. This further enhances the output when employees meditate on the message.

5. Invest in your Team: Your team is one of the most important resources you have. Besides, they are the ones to communicate your brand to your customers. Keeping them well trained and equipped on the tactics involved and implemented in Branding, will help you gain more customers. To facilitate you to do this, you could request for expert assistance that directs your teams on tips to implement your branding strategy successfully.

6. Encourage the Use of Social Media Devices: Social media appliances are very helpful in delivering your brand strategy. The method of strategy delivery can be altered to suit the current trend where new markets continue to evolve. Every brand is at the mercy of the current style, and you need to dance to the tune of the market by effectively incorporating the use of social networks. In terms of training for your employees, using relevant blog content can make the approach clear to your personnel.

When brand strategies are made sound and clear to the team, it makes them more creative and helps them think beyond market demands thereby achieving a better understanding with your clients.

 

Spreading Word on Marketing Website Development

Off the many companies we have seen and read about, we have noticed that many of them are making quite a few but simple mistakes when it comes to marketing their firm. Let’s start with a few web development companies that we have been following up on recently. There might be a few things that firms might want to look into when they do their marketing. A few of them are mentioned below.

Provide Reassurance:
Let’s start with the few words that every customer wants to hear when they look for a service provider. As any customer including yourself, we would want to hire a provider that has experience in what the customer is looking for. So the right answer to a customer who approaches you with a request for would be, “Yes, we have worked on those lines before, or sure, we can definitely do it for you” The customer is looking to you for signs of confidence, and if he doesn’t see signs of reassurance he’s going to back out.

Technical Skill Sets:
Though most of your customers are interested in getting their web page up and running. They aren’t always aware of what you are talking about when they see your page of skill sets. Though that may seem like a good way to highlight your company, it also might be a little confusing to him.

In regards to system integrators who is well aware of what you are actually capable of when they see your sheet of skill sets; they might tend to make a whole deal of comparison between what you have put forth and what your competitor has. So take a closer look at it before you send it out and make the necessary changes if required.

Recycle Your Portfolio:
Though they say that a picture speaks a thousand words, it might backfire in this case. When you share your portfolio, are you sure that your client is going to click through all your links and take a look at what you have designed? When you share a portfolio which has more than 10 links in it, you can bet that the viewer would not have opened more than 4 of them. In this case you’ve got to make sure you put your best foot forward and share your best to make the finest impression.

Completed Projects Speak:
This is the best way to convince a customer that you are the right man for the job. Instead of sharing screen shots on websites that you have completed, try creating a case history that explains how you created a successful website for a client.

Start with day 1 when he explained his requirement and how you proposed that you could make it happen. Talk on the ideas you shared and decisions made and why you made them. Share views on how the customer looks at the completed project and how happy he is that it’s bring him success.

This will definitely beat a page of skill sets that do not share any idea on how you carry out project management. They are looked at as a bunch of technical terms that have lesser meaning.

Home Page:
What does your home page say about you and your firm? Most ‘About Us’ pages deviate so much from the real picture and focus on other nonsensical aspects that do not relate to their firm. An ‘about us’ page should clearly explain what kind of firm you run and why? A clear idea on a person’s vision of the industry creates credibility for the company.

Instead we found these on a firm’s page which made us wonder what would happen if we hired them.

“When Albert (name changed) isn’t in the office, he is on the mountain either skiing or hiking the miles of forest trails in our region and around the world. He hopes one day to tackle Everest. It was on a skiing trip to our area that led Albert to make (our town) his permanent base camp. Albert and his wife have four kids – Lorry, Charlie, Pam and Godwin.”

Well here’s how it should really go,

“Albert is one of our web designers. He is an expert mountaineer and has traveled extensively. Albert started his career as a graphic designer for a marketing and advertising firm in New York City. With a degree in web technology and the eye of a talented artist, Albert creates truly unique designs that match our clients and the personality of their businesses. He has created unique brands for a number of travel-related companies and helped a few of our clients with international expansions. Our clients love his use of color and the custom graphics he adds to each of his designs.”

Putting all these together with a well-planned marketing strategy you can convince your customers to hire you rather than anyone else. So make the necessary changes and head back to work and stop wondering why your marketing technique is not working out.

Web development Trends of 2017

Web development is an art which can be accomplished only by utilizing specific tools. We are going to take a quick look at the specific tools that are used by web developers for the year 2017.

1) Flux:
This is definitely what all developers use as of the day. The frameworks are in constant reinvention which can be both positive and negative for the JavaScript framework. Since it’s pretty simple and works well with React, many of the developers stick to the same.

2) Microservices:
These type of dynamic languages are worthwhile to be used in speedy recapitulation on the web. The framework is even more effective when a large project is split off into parts and worked on as smaller applications. The framework can be used using monolithic applications with API-driven modular components. The NGINX blog (This article) can give you a clear idea on the variance between monolithic architecture and microservice architecture pattern. The image below will give you an idea on a new taxi-hailing application intended to compete with Uber and Hailo.

3) React:
This framework has won the hearts and minds of the clients and developers. Though it has been around for a while it’s best suited by all developers of 2017. Frameworks such as Ember, Angular, and Meteor club well with React in terms of virtual DOM-diffing and unidirectional data flows which have made it into reality by proven patterns.

4) jQuery:
jQuery has not been doing very well though it has sustained itself as very resourceful in terms of web development for the last 10 years. Unfortunately manual DOM manipulation is not creating an oomph factor making it loose favor.

5) PHP:
PHP always takes the cake. It does have its share of drawbacks, but it does have the knack at setting things right. It serves best when it comes to feedbacks in loops which is all the more important when it comes to web development. The rumor around is that the tool is definitely working at getting better.

6) Go:
Most developers are happy to have Go around. They feel it’s safe and effective, and can pick up on anything that’s let go off by PHP. It’s a lifesaver and is simpler than C.

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